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Bandidos bikie Jacques Teamo laughed and smiled after he was shot at Robina Town Centre, court told


BY: Greg Stolz

Australia - A BIKIE charged over a double shooting at a Gold Coast shopping centre has been committed for trial but now wants to be freed on bail.

Finks bikie Mark James Graham, 27, is charged with the attempted murder of Bandidos gang member Jacques Teamo at Robina Town Centre on April 28 last year.

A female shopper, Australian hockey representative Kathy Devitt, was shot in the crossfire.

A knife-wielding Teamo 'laughed and smiled' after he was shot in the middle of the crowded shopping centre, a committal hearing in Southport Magistrates Court was told.

At the conclusion of the hearing, lawyers for Graham consented to him being committed for trial on charges of attempted murder, wounding, acts intended to cause grievous bodily harm and possessing a restricted firearm.

But they immediately applied for bail, arguing Graham had been in custody since his arrest in May last year and may not face trial for another 12 months.

Defence barrister David Edwardson QC also said self-defence 'loomed large' in the case after evidence Graham was confronted by a knife-wielding Teamo and was 'in fear of his life'.

"Mr Teamo is the one who produced a flick knife before the weapon is produced and discharged," Mr Edwardson told magistrate John Costanzo.

He said a conviction for attempted murder was 'highly unlikely' to succeed.

Police formally opposed bail, saying the offences were 'very serious' and Graham had been on bail in Victoria for other crimes.

But police prosecutor Peta Eyschen also said Graham had been in custody for 14 months, had 'very limited' criminal history and Teamo had pleaded guilty to possessing the knife.

Mr Costanzo asked the prosecution and defence for written submissions on the strength of the police case and will decide whether to grant Graham bail on Thursday.

Two other charges of discharging a weapon in a public place and dangerous conduct with a weapon will be dealt with in the magistrates court at a later date.

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